Josephine Butler to [Mrs Ursula Bright]

Scope and Content

Written from Winchester (dictated). Acknowledging letter giving place of meeting of next year's triennial Congress. Expresses deepest sympathy with her over Mr John Bright's illness at Rochdale. JB continues to hope that the Canon, though very weak, is a little better. Sad news of her little granddaughter Josephine, has developed a weakness of the spine which necessitates her being kept flat on her back [see note].

Administrative / Biographical History

'to express her deepest sympathy with you in your anxiety as to Mr John Bright's illness at Rochdale.' Mr John Bright was a brother in law of Mrs Ursula Bright (Mrs Jacob Bright). He died the following year. Mrs Ursula Bright was a strenuous worker for the Cause as was her husband, but JB and others found her trying and difficult to work with. 'little Josephine Butler has ... unaccountably developed a weakness of the spine which necessitates her being kept flat at all times.' This was to be a constant worry and expense to the whole family for several years. 31 Oct 1892 JB writes 'I can't tell you how thankful I am about Josephine having got home'. She was away all that time undergoing treatment under a London specialist and staying some of the time with JB. This illness left her delicate and unable to go to school; and was always in JB's mind when writing to the family. Biog: Mr John Bright; Mr Jacob Bright; Mrs Jacob Bright (Ursula); 'Little Josephine'.